SAS Group's August 2012 traffic figures
The SAS Group's load factor improved by 1.8 p.u. to 78.8% a record for August.
SAS Group carried 2.3 million passengers in August, up 4.7%.
SAS Group's capacity (ASK) increased by 4.5% and the Group's traffic (RPK) increased by 6.9%.
Group market trends, RASK and yield development
Traffic growth was good on most routes during August and especially strong on European routes as the Group increased its seasonal capacity to leisure destinations during the summer.
Currency adjusted yield (SAS) in July was up by 4.1% versus previous year and RASK was up 8.7% somewhat better than expected. For August 2012 both yield and RASK (change vs last year) are expected to be positive.
The response to market campaigns is good and forward booking levels are well above last year's level. Overall, the market growth continues to be good, but remains unpredictable due to added capacity in certain markets, risk in the global economy and high jet fuel prices. This adds uncertainty to the yield and RASK outlook going forward. The SAS Group plans to increase the capacity by approximately 4-5% in 2012 vs 2011.